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Das Karussell war in der Nacht verglüht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Karussell war in der Nacht verglüht,
Der Tanz zu Ende, die Musik versprüht,
Vom Wein die Tafel rot.
Wir saßen noch und starrten, müd vom Wein,
Schwül kam der Wind durchs offne Tor herein,
Im Garten stand der Tod.

Du deinen Weg, ich meinen, gingen wir
Schweigend hinweg und suchten Nachtquartier,
Die Freude war verloht.
Und seither tönt der Nachtwind mir im Ohr
Von damals, und an jedem Weg und Tor
Steht immer noch der Tod.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 278-279.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Klingsor addresses the "Shadow"", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-05-08.
Last modified: 2018-08-12 16:30:09
Line count: 12
Word count: 77

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Klingsor addresses the "Shadow"

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The glow of the carousel had gone out during the night,
The dance had ended, the music had dissipated,
The board was red with wine.
We sat yet and stared before us, weary from the wine,
The wind blew humidly in through the open gate,
In the garden stood death.

You your way, I mine, we went
Away silently and sought a night's accommodation,
Joy had burned itself out.
And ever since the night-wind in my ear speaks
Of that time, and at every path and gateway
Death still stands.

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English song title: In the night


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Klingsor an den "Schatten"", written 1922 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anton Würz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-05-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:33
Line count: 12
Word count: 90